: any of a family (Jacanidae) of long-legged and long-toed tropical wading birds that frequent coastal freshwater marshes and ponds

Examples of jacana in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Her favorite specimen in her studio is an African jacana that earned her the incredible distinction of third place at the 2017 World Taxidermy & Fish Carving Championships. Damona Hoffman, Washington Post, 19 Nov. 2019

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Word History


Portuguese jaçanã, from Tupi jasanã́

First Known Use

circa 1753, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of jacana was circa 1753

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“Jacana.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jacana. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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